April 10, 2020
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Federer & Murray Challenges
On Tuesday, Federer posted a video with a solo tennis drill players could practice against a wall and challenged athletes and celebrities to reply back with a video. Murray followed up with a separate 100 volley challenge Thursday, both of which have been popular with fans.
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Here’s a helpful solo drill. Let’s see what you got! Reply back with a video and I’ll provide some tips. Choose your hat wisely ???????????? #tennisathome How else are you guys #TrainingFromHome @toni.kr8s @giannis_an34 @gianluigibuffon @virat.kohli @tombrady @trevornoah @lukadoncic @swish41 @leomessi @cristiano @alexzverev123 @thisisbillgates @kensingtonroyal @thehughjackman @k.mbappe @hank30nyr @rafaelnadal @cocogauff @davidbeckham @zidane @stephencurry30 @therock @beargrylls @coldplay @djokernole @kingjames @thierryhenry @serenawilliams @lindseyvonn @mikaelashiffrin @valeyellow46 @lewishamilton @iamzlatanibrahimovic @chrishemsworth @justintimberlake
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Sending out a challenge to all tennis players and fans… The ???? volley challenge. There was no fighting or bickering during the filming of this video???? I think the last volley was aimed at my head though…enjoy I can’t be the only one who wants to see rog and mirka hitting a few balls together…???? #100volleychallenge #stayhome #tennisathome #homecourt #AMC @rogerfederer @k1ngkyrg1os @rafaelnadal @djokernole @stanwawrinka85 @delpotrojuan @serenawilliams @venuswilliams @carowozniacki @alexzverev123 @felilopezoficial @g.e.m.s.life @jamie__murray @bryanbros @atptour @wta @tennistv @johannakonta @ashbarty @heatherwatson92 @kyle.edmund @naomiosaka @sofia.kenin @biancaandreescu_ @simonahalep @karolinapliskova @sloanestephens @grigordimitrov @julrojer @cocogauff @tay_taytownsend @barborastrycova @andreapetkovici @brooklyndecker @felixaliassime @castore_sportswear @lta @itf__tennis
2.) Wimbledon’s Insurance Policy
According to Darren Rovell of The Action Network, Wimbledon has paid $2 million a year into an insurance policy for the last 17 years, which covers the cancellation of the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy could net them $141 or nearly half the $310 million in revenue they expected to generate.
Wimbledon reportedly paid $2 million a year for pandemic insurance for the last 17 years
(Total: $34 Million)
For this year's cancellation as a result of the Coronavirus, Wimbledon will reportedly receive $141 million from the policy.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 8, 2020
3.) Madrid Open Goes Digital
The Madrid Open, initially set to take place from May 1 to 10, fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the setback, the tournament announced they’ll be hosting it digitally April 27 – 30 via the Tennis World Tour video game with ATP & WTA pros participating. Proceeds will go to tennis players most in need during the pandemic.
4.) Kyrgios Delivers
Nick Kyrgios has sparked his share of controversy over the years. However, this week he showed off his kindness by posting on Instagram and offering to deliver food to anyone he could that needed support during these difficult times. He made good on the offer letting people he’d be out making as many deliveries as he could.
Well done NK, in times like these you see how people react and, once again, like the bushfires you’re looking to help others. As someone who has travelled with Nick for a while this comes as no shock – hopefully people are starting to see the real Nick..
— Matt Reid (@MattReid12345) April 7, 2020
5.) Serena’s Coach Asks for Change
Supporting ATP & WTA players ranked outside of the top 100 has been a hot topic. Many scrape by to participate in tournaments and have little or no savings. With the tours on hold, some players have been vocal about finding ways to help. Serenas Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, is the latest to speak up, suggesting change is needed.
My letter to the tennis community to raise awareness about the current situation of players out of the Top100. pic.twitter.com/mFTIECxOFL
— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) April 7, 2020
If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your feedback. Which topic is your favorite? What would you like to see more or less of each week?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great weekend.